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Alleged Gunman of Alabama High School Football Game Shooting Turns Himself In

By Victor Westerkamp

The alleged gunman of the Mobile high school football game on Friday, Aug. 30, where nine people were shot, has turned himself in, police says.

17-year-old Deangelo Parnell walked into the Mobile police station on Saturday morning and turned himself in. Parnell is claiming to be the shooter in the Ladd-Peebles Stadium in Mobile, Alabama where reportedly ten teenagers were injured. He is charged with nine counts of attempted murder, according to a police statement.

According to the statement, the shooting took place at about 9:35 p.m. Friday.

As for the motive of the assault, no explanations have been made public. According to NPR, Mayor Sandy Stimpson mentioned an “intense rivalry” between the two schools, Williamson and Leflore, and the shooting started right after the match ended. Parnell reportedly studied at Leflore High School, according to WKRG.

Witnesses say they heard shots fired after “a fight in the stands” a few minutes after the game ended, according to multiple reports.

CBS 42 TV Sports anchor Simone Eli posted a video on Twitter showing the scene at the stadium grounds.

“This is just horrific to watch from Ladd-Peebles Stadium,” she wrote. “Football coaches instructing players to take cover, fans hiding under the stands from a suspected shooting. This is a high school football game and should be a place of fun competition for everyone! Not violence!”

None of the victims were in life-threatening condition, according to outlets. One victim suffered a seizure on his way to the hospital, The Associated Press reported.

This was the 275th incident marked as a mass shooting in the United States so far this year, according to the Gun Violence Archive, a nonprofit studying gun violence in America.

The Archive bases its numbers on the definition of a mass shooting by Guns of America which counts every incident where four or more people, excluding the shooter, are shot or killed. Last week, 11 such shootings were reported.

NTD reporter Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report